Joint Initiative Commends the IUU Fishing Safeguards in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

As Co-Chairs of The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, we applaud the Obama Administration’s efforts to include commitments to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing that would require states to implement port state measures. These provisions directly address one of the most significant global threats to sustainable management and stewardship of global fishery resources and make … Continued

Joint Initiative Expresses Support for the National Oceans and Coastal Security Act

The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative applauds the National Oceans and Coastal Security Act, a key bill recently introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, that aims to establish a dedicated fund for protecting our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. This forward looking legislation seeks to provide a long-term source of funding to address critical oceans issues such … Continued

Joint Initiative Recognizes the National Ocean Policy 5th Anniversary

In July 2015, the Joint Initiative applauded the remarkable progress our nation has made in coordinating efforts among all sectors to protect and restore our oceans and coasts. The National Ocean Policy directs federal agencies with responsibility for oceans to manage marine spaces and resources in a coordinated manner that supports state priorities and efforts. … Continued

Joint Initiative Hosts East Coast Ocean Leadership Roundtable in New York

In June 2015, the Joint Initiative hosted the East Coast Ocean Leadership Roundtable with the purpose of engaging and generating conversation around ocean policy reform at the national, regional, state and local levels. This Roundtable was the second installment in a four-part roundtable series hosted by the Joint Initiative as part of its 2014-2017 strategy, which convenes high level … Continued

Joint Initiative Hosts Arctic Ocean Leadership Roundtable in Alaska

In April 2015, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) traveled to Fairbanks and Barrow, Alaska for the second installment of the Arctic Ocean Leadership Roundtable, the first of four regional roundtables hosted by JOCI. To engage diverse perspectives and generate conversation around Arctic ocean and coastal policy reform at the federal, regional, state and local … Continued

Joint Initiative Welcomes New Leadership Council Members Spring 2014

In February 2014, the Joint Initiative announced the addition of five new members to its bipartisan Leadership Council: Frances Beinecke – President, Natural Resources Defense Council Dr. Margaret Leinen – Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, University of California, San Diego Christopher Lischewski –President and Chief Executive Officer, Bumble Bee … Continued

Joint Initiative Welcomes New Leadership Council Members Fall 2013

In October 2013, the Joint Initiative welcomed five new members to its bipartisan Leadership Council: Dr. Donald Boesch – Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science The Honorable Norman Dicks – Senior Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman; former U.S. House of Representatives Member for Washington State’s 6th … Continued

Charting the Course

In June 2013, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released a press statement about their new report, “Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans.” Download (PDF)